Gas Theft and Auschwitz
Snub… Russia’s Every Right to End the
By Finian Cunningham
January 17, 2015 "ICH"
- How many insults does the European Union
expect Russia to bear without consequences?
Ethnic cleansing of Russian people by the
Brussels-backed Kiev regime, a refugee
crisis on Russia’s borders, economic
sanctions based on groundless accusations
hurting Russian society – and now this – the
neo-Nazi cabal that seized power in Ukraine
with CIA backing last year has repeatedly
been found guilty of siphoning off Russia’s
natural gas exports to the EU.
On top of all that comes the
insult of Russian President Vladimir Putin
not being invited along with European
leaders to attend the 70th
anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
More on that in a while.
But first on the issue of
natural exports. Russia this week finally
responded to the Kiev regime’s incorrigible
banditry by giving notice that it is to cut
off all gas supplies that transit through
Ukraine – which make up about 40-50 per cent
of the EU’s supply. In the middle of winter
and with temperatures plummeting the move by
Russian state-owned Gazprom has reportedly
sent Brussels officials into panic mode.
No doubt the dutiful Western
corporate media will crank up the «Putin as
arch villain» narrative. Families freezing
across Europe will be attributed to the
«evil genius» of the «Soviet mastermind».
Maros Sefcovic, European
Commission vice president for energy, said
the decision by Gazprom to turn off the gas
taps will damage Russia’s reputation as an
international supplier. His admonition
echoes earlier calls by Europe’s energy
commissioner Gunther Oettinger who appealed
to Russia not to «politicise» energy trade.
That’s ironic humour for you.
Russia has not politicised anything; it is
the Brussels bureaucracy, along with their
American cohorts, who have sought to
politicise everything – and to give Moscow
impossible room for manoeuvre.
Gazprom’s chief executive
Alexei Miller this week reminded
international media that Russia has been a
reliable supplier of natural gas to Europe
for the past four decades – even during the
West’s aggressive Cold War.
Besides, the objective of
Russia’s latest gas cut-off is not to end
the trade with Europe. Russia is planning to
route future supplies to the EU through
Turkey. As Miller pointed out, it is up to
the EU to now build the necessary
infrastructure to take the gas supplies from
the Turkish border into Greece and beyond.
Russia’s objective is simply
this: to put an end to the Kiev regime’s de
facto theft of Russian gas exports to
Europe. How much more reasonable can that
We can imagine how Britain
would react if Scotland decided to with-hold
North Sea oil supplies transiting its
territory. Or how France would respond if
its wine exports were being hijacked en
route by some third party. Or the US if
Mexico were found to be surreptitiously
dipping into its exports to the rest of
It’s an absurd complaint by
EU officials and governments to now accuse
Russia of «energy blackmail». After all, it
was Brussels that put the kibosh on Russia’s
South Stream gas project via the Black Sea
last year, thus, in effect, squeezing Russia
to fall back on the Ukrainian transit route.
That route has, as noted, become infeasible
due to the Kiev regime’s incessant and
illegal siphoning off of Russian exports.
So what does the EU want
Russia to do? Keep giving gas handouts to
the Kiev mafia-regime that refuses to pay
for its own gas supplies and which is
bombing and killing ethnic Russians in the
eastern Ukrainian regions?
Russia has every right to
take measures to protect its vital economic
interests. An alternative pipeline through
Turkey will provide a southern arc
complimentary to the existing Nord Stream
Russian gas supply route via the Baltic Sea
into Germany. It is therefore ridiculous to
accuse Russia of cutting off gas supplies to
the EU. Russia is merely cutting off illegal
interference in its exports by a third party
– the Kiev Reich.
Admittedly, entailed is a
critical supply problem this winter for the
EU until the Turkish route is implemented.
But that’s not Russia’s problem; it is
Brussels’ problem for having blocked the
construction of the South Stream project and
for its relentless indulgence of the Kiev
regime, with all its criminality.
In any case, complaints from
the EU that Russia is damaging its
reputation as an international energy
supplier ring hollow. Russia has found a
ready alternative market for its gas exports
with China after Vladimir Putin and Xi
Jinping signed a $400 billion record deal
last year. The Asian market for Russia’s
prodigious energy resources is projected to
overshadow the EU market. Moreover, the
Moscow-Beijing partnership is to be financed
with roubles and yen, which relieves Russia
and China of artificial dependence on the US
dollar or Euro.
It seems the height of
European conceit to lecture Russia about
trade ethics, when the former has imposed a
gratuitous embargo on Moscow over baseless
accusations of interfering in Ukraine. It is
the EU elite and their Washington ally who
have been systematically interfering in
Ukraine and provoking a war of aggression on
the eastern regions – with a death toll of
nearly 5,000 over the past year and up to
one million refugees. If international law
and morality were adhered to, it is Brussels
and Washington that should be sanctioned, if
not prosecuted for the criminality they have
unleashed in the form of the Kiev regime.
Europe’s hypocrisy and double
think are underscored with France’s ongoing
unilateral abrogation of the deal it had
with Russia for the supply of two warships.
Russia has paid France over $1 billion
already for the delivery of the Mistral
class vessels; yet Paris refuses to honour
the contract. A less polite but not
inaccurate way to describe this French
misconduct is state-sponsored «piracy».
Washington is reportedly
breathing down the French government’s neck
to not relent on its shameless scuppering of
the Russian Mistral contract. Which makes
the damage to French «reputation» all the
more injurious. Not only is France not be
trusted as an international trading partner;
its «sovereign independence» is also
evidently at the mercy of Washington’s
bullying. How can anyone trust the French
government to honour anything in the light
of this craven kowtowing?
But here’s the coup de grace
for European insolence towards Russia:
French President Francois Hollande and his
German counterpart Joachim Gauck will be
among other European leaders to attend the
70th anniversary of the liberation of the
Nazi death camp Auschwitz later this month.
The ceremony will be led by Polish President
An official invitation was
reportedly not sent to Moscow, and Vladimir
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this
week that the Russian president would not be
attending the Auschwitz event, as a result.
In January 1945, it was the
Russian Red Army that liberated the death
camp – which has since come to symbolise the
crimes of Nazi Germany and European fascism
generally. Russian troops liberated
thousands of Poles, Jews and other European
nationals from imminent death at Auschwitz,
where over one million had already perished.
The French Vichy regime collaborated with
Nazi Germany to send hundreds of thousands
to their death at Auschwitz and other
Seventy years on, Russia is
being snubbed over perhaps its most heroic
contribution to Europe – the defeat of
fascist Germany and its mass extermination
It is astounding how
relatively quickly European history is in
effect being re-written – and by countries
that were perpetrators of the horrors of
World War II.
But should we be surprised?
Russia saved Europe’s neck from fascism and
continues to save Europe’s neck from
freezing every winter with its natural gas
supplies. And yet for all this, Russia has
to endure insults and provocations from a
thankless European elite.
It’s time that there were
consequences for such hideous, purblind
European arrogance. Russia can legitimately
take her generous bounties elsewhere in the
world – and let the incorrigible ingrates
freeze if they want to!
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